Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, is in Crimea for Victory Day’s celebrations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) stands with military personnel during a ceremony marking Victory Day in Sevastopol May 9, 2014. Putin went to Crimea on Friday for the first time since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March, a visit that is likely to anger the Ukrainian leadership and upset the West. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
It was President Putin’s first trip to Crimea since Russia consumed the peninsula from Ukraine in March. Putin reviewed navy ships and watched a military airshow while visiting a Russian naval base.
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Victory Day is commemorated each year on May 9 as the day the Nazis surrendered in World War II.
Putin enjoyed the festivities today.